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I'm skeptical ...

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It will be interesting to see how it plays out.
The competition at that level is extremely intense and the physical toll from age, arthritis and pregnancy should not be minimized. There are a lot of reasons most athletes in aerobically demanding sports do not participate at the Olympic level in their 40s. A quick search showed that for the Sydney games most of the female swimmers for the US team were in their teens or early twenties. I think two were in their 30s. That was the first year that came up in my search, I don't know about other years.
My guess is that a 40 something woman might be as strong as a 20 something woman, but maximal heart rate and aerobic capacity of adults generally tend to drop with age even in well trained athletes. So, unless this 40 y/o was a real phenomenon it seems hard to believe she could beat skilled competitors half her age unless she has some advantage they don't have. That advantage might not be from drugs. It could be a technical advantage in her suit or whatever else but I would presume that all the swimmers have access to the same swimming techniques, swimsuits, ... so it is hard to imagine what legitimate advantage she could come up with.

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a race between her

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(NT) Is that the jump link you meant to post ?

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(NT) 'tis, 'twas ;-)

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LOL... isn't it obvious ?

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All I saw was the quote, not the different tag line. I thought you had linked back to my original post.

I would say great minds think alike... but considering my often pointed out comprehension deficiencies, my comparison could be considered an insult.

Grin

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great minds think alike...

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you could say that Happy

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She has already requested testing

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for drug use by the Olympic committee to put end to those rumors, which have already started.

Don't know how the heck she is doing it, but apparently she is.

Roger

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41 year old US olympic swimmer - too good to be true ?

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Grim, it is Nabisco Breakfast Cereal, not doping. She will be on the cover of that cereal box.
Sing along with this with a Indian tom-tom beat?
N-A-B-I-S-C-O, Nabisco is the name to know, for a breakfast you can't beat, try Nabisco Shredded Wheat!
Well, that was wonderful, Grim. You passed on the singing.

Early childhood memories for me. I do like Shredded Wheat.
Will have to buy some this Monday.
No dope, just Nabisco Shredded Wheat Cereal.

Makes you strong. Like bull! :

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I like shredded wheat in the microwave.

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It is a nice change of pace on a chilly morning.

I tried singing along with you Kevin, but the dogs thought I was in pain and started howling with me.

Wink

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I like shredded wheat in the microwave.

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Grim, stop standing on your dog's nuts. You would be howling too!
OUCH!!! :

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Re: Makes you strong. Like bull! :

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Strong like fox
Smart like bull

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shredded wheat

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not distilled wheat.

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There are some who consider being 40..

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....... as "over the hill". Happy

There is no way of knowing how some of her competitors would have done in "her day" with the slower pools, slower suits, and slower kicks. Those elements are all faster now, and no doubt she has taken advantage of them all.

Angeline
Speakeasy Moderator

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There are some who consider being 40..

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Angeline, check out this. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/07/05/MNIO11K9OO.DTL


I think the woman is fantastic and had already won medals for the U.S.A. in the Olympics before. After all her grueling training lately, she still has time for her family and children.
I plan on following her quest for a Gold Medal!
I wish her all the best.

"She does things that border on Cirque du Soleil." (from the article)

-Kevin

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Can't wait...

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Can't wait for the Olympics. This should be very interesting. Happy Thanks for info.

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Can't wait...

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dinobut, me too!
Summer Olympics should be good to view for several weeks.
I enjoy track and field, swimming, diving and everything else that is presented to us fans.

http://en.beijing2008.cn/
http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/beijing/index_uk.asp
http://www.nbcolympics.com/
http://www.olympic.org/uk/index_uk.asp
http://www.reuters.com/news/sports/2008olympics
http://www.iaaf.org/oly08/index.html

Plenty of other sites also available on the internet.

I pray there is no violence from any terrorist organizations to mar this wonderful event for the world to view their athletes.

kevin

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